Waterfalls of the Shenandoah National Park Region, Central District

Warrenton, Virginia

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One of America’s most popular national parks, with nearly two million visitors annually, Shenandoah National Park is also one of the skinniest. The park lies atop the northern Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains and ranges in width from about a mile to about 13 miles. Along the crest is the 105-mile Skyline Drive, offering access to all the facilities and passing by scenic overlooks of the piedmont to the east and of Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain to the west. Facilities include campgrounds, picnic areas, visitor centers, and modern lodges with restaurants. Over 500 miles of hiking trails, many open to horse travel, provide visitors the opportunity to get away from the crowds. When the park was established in the early 1930s, logging, homesteading, and agriculture had taken its toll on the land. Seventy years of protection has resulted in a continuous blanket of deciduous forest, home for numerous species of plants and animals.
Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide

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Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide

by Kevin Adams (Menasha Ridge Press)

One of America’s most popular national parks, with nearly two million visitors annually, Shenandoah National Park is also one of the skinniest. The park lies atop the northern Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains and ranges in width from about a mile to about 13 miles. Along the crest is the 105-mile Skyline Drive, offering access to all the facilities and passing by scenic overlooks of the piedmont to the east and of Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain to the west.

Facilities include campgrounds, picnic areas, visitor centers, and modern lodges with restaurants. Over 500 miles of hiking trails, many open to horse travel, provide visitors the opportunity to get away from the crowds. When the park was established in the early 1930s, logging, homesteading, and agriculture had taken its toll on the land. Seventy years of protection has resulted in a continuous blanket of deciduous forest, home for numerous species of plants and animals.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Warrenton
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Varies by waterfall (9 total)
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: DeLorme Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer; USGS Thornton Gap, Old Rag Mountain, Big Meadows, Fletcher, Elkton East
Driving Directions: Directions to Waterfalls of the Shenandoah National Park Region, Central District

Recent Trail Reviews

6/12/2006
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Did the White Oak Canyon trail to the Cedar Run trail out to Skyline drive which was about 12 miles in total. Trails were in good condition and well marked. Trail descends gradually through White Oak Canyon with good vantage points for most of the falls. Alot of good photo opportunities. Ascent on the Cedar Run trail was pretty strenuous. There is a sign where the trails come together suggesting that you turn around if your are not in good phsical condition. If you aren't - turn around. The scenery is better along the White Oak Canyon portion and would probably be OK for kids. If you do continue on, make sure you have water and food. Last three miles are on skyline drive back to parking area and there are some good views of the Shenandoah Valley.



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